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Federal prosecutors seek documents on Trump inauguration ceremony

Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Hispanic pastors at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Jan. 25 2019 Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Hispanic pastors at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Jan. 25 2019
Patty Aguilar | 07 February, 2019, 21:54

Barack Obama's first inauguration committee raised $53 million and was much more lavish in 2009 than festivities for Trump, The New York Times reported in 2017.

In the subpoena, investigators also showed interest in whether any foreigners illegally donated to the committee, as well as whether committee staff members knew that such donations were illegal, asking for documents laying out legal requirements for donations.

It's unclear from the wide-ranging subpoena what prosecutors think they have, but for a White House that had been eagerly anticipating the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, the scrutiny by the USA attorney in Manhattan is unwelcome news.

Prosecutors in New York's Southern District subpoenaed the committee this week as part of an investigation of suspected corruption in terms of how it raised and spent its money.

Rick Gates, former campaign aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs after a bond hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., December 11, 2017.

The committee consisted of Thomas J. Barrack Jr., (a Trump friend and ally) as chairman.

Prosecutors demanded to see all documents about the committee's donors and vendors, including any "benefits" donors may have received for their contributions.

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After his meeting with the Irish prime minister , Mr Tusk also agreed that the EU27 would make no further offers to Britain. The eight week delay is a last-ditch attempt to solve the Brexit issue ahead of the European elections.

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Before that, she had dated several high-profile men in the past, including actor Nicholas Hoult and Coldplay singer Chris Martin . It was first reported in June that Lawrence and Maroney were seeing each other, although it's unclear when they began dating.

Barrack's deputy with the inaugural committee, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty a year ago to conspiracy and making false statements to investigators in a case brought by Mueller.

During an MSNBC segment on Tuesday, Christie, a former USA attorney who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey between 2010 and 2018, restated his assessment to host Andrea Mitchell, explaining that the Southern District has fewer restrictions than Mueller. After the committee filed its tax returns the next February, the New York Times reported on a trove of questionable expenditures suggesting the committee may have been little more than a nine-figure slush fund.

At Manafort's trial in Virginia in August, Gates testified that it was "possible" that he stole money from the inaugural committee by submitting false expense reports for his work.

The subpoena also seeks records involving the committee's dealings with Stripe, a credit-card processing company based in San Francisco that handled online payments for the committee.

The lead prosecutor named in the subpoena, Tom McKay, was one of the top prosecutors in the case of Trump's former attorney and longtime fixer, Michael Cohen.

The Daily Beast reported that he reached out to Cohen about "access to high-level" events at the inaugural, and donated the $900,000 to the committee. On the tape, Wolkoff reportedly expresses concern about how the inaugural committee is spending money, a source told the Wall Street Journal.

Zuberi has given more than $1.1 million to Trump-backed organizations and has accompanied the foreign minister of Qatar during meetings with Trump officials.

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